Lets Walk and Talk

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Let’s Walk & Talk'  is a fun programme of city walking activities suitable for young and old which runs throughout the year.
The programme is made up of a number of social walking groups which meet every week, and a series of specially themed historical walking tours led by local experts including acclaimed Dublin historian Pat Liddy which take place from February to October.
The social walking groups are led by a dedicated team of volunteers from the community and they are always delighted to make new walkers feel welcome. Ten weekly walks currently take place in the city including ones conducted in French, Spanish and Irish.  These walks are great way for you to stay healthy, meet people and learn a little something about our Fair City.  All tours and weekly social walks last about 90 minutes, They are all free and no advance booking is necessary.

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WALKING TRAILS

The Ballsbridge Walking Trail Map & Guide

This walking trail starts at Sandymount DART Station and finishes at Lansdowne Road DART Station. Walking at a leisurely pace, the trail should take you under 90 minutes to complete. Now recognised as one of Dublin’s most fashionable residential areas, Ballsbridge developed in the 19th century from what was then a tranquil village on the River Dodder. The name of the area derived from a local miller called Nicholas Ball who in the 17th century built the first bridge in the area across the Dodder, which up until then had been traversed by a ford. Today’s stone bridge was built in 1791 and widened to its present size in 1904.

The Harold's Cross Walking Trail Map & Guide

This Map & Guide was produced by Dublin City Council in partnership with the Harold’s Cross Community Festival.Your trail starts at Robert Emmet Bridge on the Grand Canal and finishes at Harold’s Cross Park.Walking at a leisurely pace, the trail should take you under 90 minutes to complete.

The Rathgar Walking Trail Map & Guide

This Map & Guide was produced by Dublin City Council in partnership with Rathgar Residents Association.This trail starts and finishes at Rathgar Village and is designed in two loops which can be completed in one or two walks. The route will take you along by the River Dodder, through beautiful parks and along leafy roads with many places of historical interest to be seen along the way. Walking at a leisurely pace, the trail should take you between 90-120 minutes to complete.

The Sandymount Walking Trail Map & Guide

This Map & Guide was produced by Dublin City Council in partnership with Sandymount TidyTowns.This walking trail starts at Sandymount Green in the heart of the village. It takes a loop northwards to the River Dodder and back to the Green. Then it loops out to the sea past the Martello Tower and back along Park Avenue. The trail is about 5.5km and should take under 90 minutes at a leisurely pace.

The Donnybrook Walking Trail Map & Guide

This Map & Guide was produced by Dublin City Council in partnership with the Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society. Donnybrook has a wealth of history and association with sport, literature, culture and the arts and this trail offers you an opportunity to explore many aspects of the village. Famous residents of Donnybrook include statesmen Michael Collins, Éamon de Valera and Garret Fitzgerald, explorer Ernest Shackleton, artist Cecil Ffrench Salkeld and writers Anthony Trollope, Benedict Kiely and Pamela Lyndon Travers, author of Mary Poppins. 
The Donnybrook Walking Trail Map & Guide is available in tourist offices, libraries and local shops in the Donnybrook area. You can also download a copy of it below and take the trail at your own leisure!

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Ranelagh Walking Trail Map & Guide

Community Development Team of the South East Area Office are developing a series of walking trails of many villages in their area. The inaugural trail is of Ranelagh Village and the trail will provide people with an opportunity to explore the history of the area in an informative walk through the village and enjoy much of what they have to offer today. This Map & Guide was produced in partnership with the Ranelagh Arts Festival and launched by the Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn, during the festival September 2013. The Ranelagh Walking Trail Map & Guide is available in tourist offices, libraries and local shops in the Ranelagh area. You can also download a copy of it below and take the trail at your own leisure!

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Note: Neither Dublin City Council or any of the walk leaders/volunteers can be held responsible for any injury or loss caused to participants on any of the above walks.  In the interest of your own safety, please observe vigilance and care when crossing roads and junctions.  It is advised that you first consult with your doctor if you have a medical condition or are not used to regular exercise. Walks do not take place during times of ice/snow/dangerous weather conditions.

For more information

If you wish to be added to our email mailing list or if you require further details, please contact us on (01) 222 2148 (between 9-5pm), via email at letswalkandtalk@dublincity.ie or at the following address:

Community & Social Development Section,
Dublin City Council,
Block 3, Floor 1,
Civic Offices,
Wood Quay,
Dublin 8.
D08 RF3F.